From Jim McGuiggan... Where is heaven?

Where is heaven?

 Where is "heaven"? It’s hard to talk about "heaven" without giving the impression you believe it is some "place". Some of us tend to think that if you got into a rocket ship and went in the right direction long enough that you’d get there; though I suppose we settle for that only because we don’t know what else to think. Others of us who are pretty sure that it isn’t an address in this material universe are a bit more sophisticated and think that we sort of step out of some "door" into a parallel universe. I suppose there might be something to that as long as it isn’t the same kind of universe as this one; that is, another material universe where God is supposed to be located.

Wherever heaven is, it’s where God is. But it’s that word "is" that generates our difficulties. God certainly "is" in the sense that he "exists" and that requires us to think he "is" somewhere. I mean, he cannot "be" nowhere, can he? If there is absolutely nowhere that God is then he is nowhere—he doesn’t exist. But if he exists "somewhere" then he takes up some space, doesn’t he? Or does he? [All this shows that we can't speak of God without placing him "somewhere" and "somewhere" is a spatial term so that won't work when speaking of God.]

It isn’t possible for us to exist in this world without taking up space; that’s the nature of humanity. Each of us takes up space, which implies that there must be space to take up. We as "physical" beings exist in a "physical" universe. If there were no physical universe then we physical beings would have no place to "be".

But God can and does exist as "spirit" (John 4:24, whatever that means exactly). The scriptures suggest that to be "a" spirit is to be without flesh and bones (Luke 24:39). God can and does exist as "spirit" (not "a" spirit) without needing a physical environment in which to exist because he is not a physical being.

I’m now sure it would be better to think of spirit as a kind of being that implies a way of existing rather than as a "substance" that needs "space" in which to exist. God then "exists" in a way completely different from us, in a "spaceless" mode. So that we should be thinking not of a "place" at all but a mode of being. We’re accustomed to calling this world or earth a "place" and since it is not "nowhere" then it certainly is a place. We say of humans that they are "earthly," that is, of the earth, they belong to the earth, they exist on earth. Maybe when the Bible speaks of God dwelling in heaven it is telling us (at least expressing the truth as best it can) that God is "unearthly," that he is heavenly and is not bound to physical space, that he is a different order of being. Maybe it isn’t telling us where he is but what he is to distinguish him from us.

The one thing we can be sure of is this: Heaven, the "place" where God "resides", is not a part of the physical creation. It's all right to point skyward and speak of "heaven" as long as we don't mean that space and outer-space is heaven. To point skyward enables us to say that heaven is "beyond our world". Our world not just a "place" where we exist—it's a setting that determines the kind of existence that is ours.

All this is a bit too much for all of us but we’re not to forget that we have difficulties conceptualizing many things—it isn’t just issues about God that are difficult. "Where" are memories? is a difficult question to phrase much less answer. It's clear that the brain is connected with their existence but what are they "made of" and where do they lie. You can poke an area of the brain and generate a memory but what exactly does that mean? Oh well. Some things are true and real without our being able to explain them at present.

So, "where is heaven?" is probably the wrong way to put the question though we're stuck with it due to our limitations. "What does it mean that there is 'heaven'?" may be a more fruitful line to follow.

©2004 Jim McGuiggan. All materials are free to be copied and used as long as money is not being made.

Many thanks to brother Ed Healy, for allowing me to post from his website, theabidingword.com.

The Problematic Concept of a Sinful Human Nature by Caleb Colley, Ph.D.


The Problematic Concept of a Sinful Human Nature

by  Caleb Colley, Ph.D.

It is fashionable in some religious circles to teach that human nature is sinful, i.e., we all have a “sinful nature.” If this is supposed to mean merely that all accountable persons at some point sin, and need forgiveness, then the doctrine of a sinful nature is biblical (Romans 3:23; 1 John 1:8-10). However, the very words “sinful nature,” and much of the discussion surrounding it, often denote the doctrine of hereditary depravity. This is the idea that all humans inherit the sin of Adam in some way—we suffer due to this original sin, and therefore we all are inescapably sinful by nature. The biblical evidence militates against this idea, as we have shown previously (see Pinedo, 2009; Colley, 2004; Butt, 2004). The very concept of a sinful human nature is also philosophically problematic. Indeed, the concept of a sinful nature is plagued with difficulties even before the Bible is consulted.

Consider a preliminary remark concerning what it means to speak of a sinful human nature. To speak of human “nature” at all is to refer to qualities that are essential to all humans. Such characteristics cannot be accidental, or things that might become characteristic of a human as he develops, but might also not. Rather, aspects of human nature are inseparable from whatever it is that makes us human (with the possible exceptions of young children and the mentally ill). For example, we might admit that human nature is essentially rational (this is part of what differentiates us from animals), but not essentially football-loving, because there are plenty of humans who seem not (however mysteriously!) to appreciate football. Someone who thinks that we become sinful when we transgress God’s law does not believe in the essentially sinful human nature.

To ascribe a sinful nature to humanity, therefore, is to say that there is something sinful about being a human being. What part of our being might be accused of inherent sinfulness? If we think that a human being consists of a body and a soul, there are three possibilities: (1) The body could introduce guilt; (2) The soul could introduce guilt; (3) The union of body and soul could itself produce guilt.

First, someone could allege that sin comes as a result of our embodiment. Indeed, the idea that the body unavoidably mars the perfection of the soul has been popular at times. For example, the Gnostics taught that matter is intrinsically evil and is the source of all evil (see Renwick, 1982, 2:490). How may moral blame attach to human nature as it arises from our bodies? We are typically unprepared to blame purely material objects such as tables and chairs. Genes and brain matter are different from tables and chairs, but it is nonsensical to look for a difference that would give rise to moral guilt. As yet, there is no good explanation to convince us that evil arises simply from matter. (Yet, we might use our bodies to do wrong. Indeed, all sins are committed while we are “in the body” [2 Corinthians 5:10]).

On the other hand, someone who believes in sinful human nature might be (and probably is) referring to the status of the soul rather than the body. Before assessing the possibility of the essential blameworthiness of the human soul, consider that for someone to think of the soul as essentially sinful, there are some concepts of soul which he must reject. For example, the Aristotelian view of the soul as being the animating force of the body, or that which activates the body’s potential, does not allow for the human to “start out” as blameworthy. Guilt, on this view, cannot arise from outside of the human order, because Aristotle does not posit a supernatural being to ascribe the guilt. Furthermore, humans could not possibly claim to know that a newborn baby was already guilty if they did not think that God had ascribed guilt to the baby from outside the human order.

Likewise, the Stoic idea of a Universe-Soul is problematic for the idea of an essentially sinful soul. If we all share in the same soul, which also gives life to everything else in the Universe, then to ascribe guilt to that soul would be to say that everything is altogether evil. If everything is evil, how would we know what good is? And what is the point of discussing sinful human nature if we think there is no rescue from it?

There are other conceptions of soul that would a priori disallow a sinful nature. If we presuppose, however, that the soul is distinct from the body (i.e., it is its own, separable substance) and comes to the body from elsewhere (from heaven or wherever), then we have at least a format that might allow for the essential guilt of the soul. In this format, we are free to suppose that the soul acquires guilt prior to entering the body, at which time human nature is indeed guilty. There are two problems with this, however: (1) We could not know about such an arrangement unless it were revealed to us. Plato’s theory of reincarnation is beautiful and interesting, but like other theories of reincarnation, is not readily amenable to proof (Socrates’ “proofs” in the Meno [Plato, 1997, pp. 870-897] and the Phaedo [pp. 49-100] are notoriously problematic). A person has just as much reason to deny the existence of souls prior to their embodiment as he does to assert such existence, because the spiritual realm does not appear to us. (2) Most people who want to establish sinful human nature presumably would not be interested in the guilt of a soul prior to embodiment, because sin is supposed to be passed along from one embodied soul to another embodied soul. If we suppose that a new soul acquires guilt while it waits in heaven to be born into the world, we would need an additional story about where this guilt comes from. Such a story does not seem to be forthcoming. Because reincarnation is not evident (and seldom proposed by supporters of the sinful human nature), then there is no obvious way to ascribe the sin of a previous human to a soul not yet embodied.

The only remaining option is that the soul becomes sinful at the time when it is embodied, at the occasion of the union of soul and body. If the soul is innocent prior to embodiment—and as we have seen, there is no obvious reason to think it guilty—then the body is the substance that is responsible for the guilt in the union. We have already shown the difficulty of associating blame with matter. Furthermore, recall that the common view of sinful nature is that we have inherited the sins of an ancestor. His soul was guilty, not because of contact with matter, but because of his own sinful volition. This was the “original” sin. Guilt was introduced on this occasion, but did not exist prior. This ancestor did not inherit guilt, so matter, at least in his case, did not bring sin. Why should we think matter brings sin in our case?


One response in favor of sinful nature might be that it is a spiritual, theological matter, and thus a philosopher will not find it if he searches for it (e.g., Hodge, 2010). This is an appeal to the limits of philosophy, and would be a well-taken point if God had revealed a logically coherent doctrine of original sin that was not obvious apart from revelation. However, He has not done this. In fact, He has revealed information to the opposite effect. Glory be to God, Who does not blame us for the sins of our ancestors (Ezekiel 18:20).


Butt, Kyle (2004), “Do Children Inherit the Sins of Their Parents?,” http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2543.

Colley, (2004), “Did David Authorize Infant Baptism?,” http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/2626.

Hodge, Bodie, “Is Original Sin (Sin Nature) Passed through the Father’s Genetic Line?,” http://www.answersingenesis.org/articles/2010/02/23/satan-the-fall-good-evil-how-is-original-sin-passed.

Pinedo, Mois├ęs (2009), “Are Children Born With Sin?,” http://www.apologeticspress.org/articles/240109.

Plato, Complete Works, ed. John M. Cooper (Indianapolis, IN: Hackett).

Renwick, A. M. (1982), “Gnosticism,” The International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, ed. Geoffrey W. Bromiley (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans).

From Mark Copeland... Be Transformed (Romans 12:1-2)

                      "THE EPISTLE TO THE ROMANS"

                        Be Transformed (12:1-2)


1. In Ro 12:1-2, Paul makes the following plea regarding transforming
   our lives:

   "I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that
   you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to
   God, [which is] your reasonable service. And do not be conformed
   to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind,
   that you may prove what [is] that good and acceptable and perfect
   will of God."

2. As we consider this text, several questions come to mind...
   a. What does it mean to be transformed?
   b. What is the goal of transformation?
   c. What should motivate us to undergo transformation?
   d. What does one do in order to experience transformation?

[Starting with the first question ("What does it mean to be
transformed?"), let's consider . . . ]


   A. THE WORD... 
      1. The Greek word is metamorphoo (met-am-or-fo'-o)
         a. Lit., "to change into another form" (Vine's)
         b. From which comes the word "metamorphosis"
         c. Used to describe a change of form (e.g., when a caterpillar
            becomes a butterfly)
      2. In the NT, this word is used to describe:
         a. What happened to Jesus on the Mount of Transfiguration - Mt 17:1-2
         b. What is to happen to Christians in their service to God - Ro 12:1-2

      1. The idea being commanded by Paul is this:
         a. Christians are "to undergo a complete change, which under
            the power of God, will find expression in character and
            conduct"  (Vine's)
         b. I.e., we who are "caterpillars" are to become "butterflies"
      2. Note that Paul uses the passive voice
         a. Indicating that "transformation" is something we allow to be
            done to us
         b. Not something we do by our own power alone
         c. Rather, we submit to God's power and by His grace...
            1) We are "changed into another form"
            2) We become a "new creation" - cf. 2Co 5:17

[But this leads us to our second question ("What is the goal of


      1. As expressed by Paul - 2Co 3:18
      2. As predestined by God - Ro 8:29
      3. The purpose of being a disciple (to become like his teacher)
         - Lk 6:40
      4. The goal of Christian living - cf. Col 3:9-10

      1. To present our bodies as living sacrifices, holy, acceptable to
         a. Is this not what Jesus did on earth? - cf. He 10:5
         b. So we are to offer ourselves as living sacrifices - Ro 12:1
      2. To prove that God's will is good, acceptable, and perfect
         a. Was this not Jesus sought to do on earth? - cf. Jn 6:38
         b. So we are to demonstrate that God's will is right - Ro 12:2

[Such is the goal of being transformed; indeed, it is the goal of being
a Christian!  Yet why do many never experience the transformation God
offers?  Why do they remain "caterpillars"?  Perhaps they lack the
proper motivation...]


      1. In our text, Paul appealed to transformation based on God's
         mercies - Ro 12:1
      2. What mercies of God had Paul discussed earlier in his epistle?
         a. Freedom from sin - Ro 6:16-18
         b. Gift of eternal life - Ro 6:23
         c. Peace with God - Ro 5:1
         d. Access to the grace of God - Ro 5:2
         e. Saved from the wrath of God - Ro 5:9
      -- Should not God's mercy move us to repent and seek
         transformation? - cf. Ro 2:4-5

      1. Elsewhere, Paul revealed the motivating power of the love of
         Christ - 2Co 5:14-15
      2. Such love compelled him to live for Jesus - cf. Ga 2:20
      -- Does not the love of Christ move us to live FOR Him and LIKE

      1. The alternative to being transformed is being conformed to this
         world - Ro 12:1
         a. The word conformed (suschematizo, soos-khay-mat-id'-zo) as
            used here implies that which is "transitory, changeable,
            unstable" (Vine's)
         b. I.e., at the most we can only be an imitation, a cheap copy
      2. If not transformed, we will either be conformed to...
         a. The world
            1) Act like the world, be like those in the world
            2) In which we will bring shame to the name of Christ
         b. Other Christians
            1) Outwardly we may act like Christians, appear like them
            2) But it will be just a cheap "copy", which eventually
               reveals its true nature!
         -- Is that what we want? To bring shame to the name of Christ?
            To be "plastic" Christians, or to be the real thing?

[Why not let the mercies of God and the love of Christ motivate us to
seek transformation?  The process is not as difficult as one might


      1. Remember, transformation is a passive process ("be
         transformed") - Ro 12:2
         a. We cannot change ourselves by our own strength or
            meritorious works
         b. As Paul vividly illustrated his dilemma prior to his
            conversion - Ro 7:14-24
         -- We must submit to God's working on us!
      2. It begins when we are baptized into Christ!
         a. For there we experience the working of God - Col 2:11-13
            1) Spiritually circumcised as our sins are removed
            2) Buried then raised with Christ
            3) Made alive with Christ, forgiven of all trespasses
         b. For there we experience the renewal of the Spirit - Tit 3:5
            1) Saved by the mercy of God
            2) Involving a washing of regeneration and renewal of the
               Holy Spirit
         c. For there we rise to walk in newness of life - Ro 6:3-8
            1) Having been buried with Christ by baptism into His death
            2) Having been crucified with Christ that we might be free
               from sin
            3) Having been raised to live with Christ
         -- When joined with faith and repentance, baptism becomes the
            starting point in which true transformation can take place!
            - cf. Mk 16:16; Ac 2:38

      1. The process of transformation continues as we renew the mind
         a. As indicated in our text - Ro 12:2; cf. also Ep 4:20-24
         b. Unless there is a renewing of the mind, any change in our
            lives will be superficial
      2. Renewing the mind is made possible by where we set our minds
         a. Setting our minds on things above - Col 3:1-2
         b. Setting our minds on the things of the Spirit - Ro 8:5
         c. I.e., feeding our minds with the Word of God, prayer,
            fellowship, etc. - Ac 2:42
      3. With our minds "renewed" we can experience a true
         a. By putting off the old man and putting on the new man - cf.
            Col 3:2,5-10
         b. By living according to the Spirit - cf. Ro 8:5,13
      4. The process of transformation is really quite simple
         a. Set your minds on things above in order to renew your mind;
            for example...
            1) Meditate and contemplate on God and His Word
            2) Keep your mind in communication with God via prayer
            3) Involve your mind in spiritual worship via frequent
               assembling with others
            4) Center your mind on Jesus via the Lord's Supper
            ...and your mind will gradually be renewed!
         b. With renewed minds, it becomes possible to put off the old,
            and put on the new!
            1) To put off the old man with its sins
            2) To put on the new man patterned after the example of
      5. Modern studies in self-improvement confirm this truth
         a. We become what we think
         b. We can change attitudes and behavior by filling our mind
            with positive mental images
      -- In our efforts, we are not alone; God is at work with us! - cf.
         Php 1:6; 2:12-13

      1. If it is so easy, why do many Christians remain "caterpillars"?
         a. Were they not regenerated at their baptism? (yes)
         b. Don't they have the promise of God's help? (yes)
      2. The problem is likely a failure to renew the mind
         a. Can a mind be renewed on a starvation diet? (e.g., irregular
            Bible study)
         b. Can a mind be renewed on a junk-food diet? (e.g., trashy
            movies and novels)
      3. Why many Christians do not experience transformation...
         a. They become what they think, and much of what they think
            upon is not becoming!
         b. They spend more time watching things of the devil than
            reading things of the Spirit!
      -- Our attitudes and behavior is but a reflection of what goes
         into our minds!


1. We have been called to be "transformed" into the image of Christ...
   a. We have all the motivation we need (God's mercies and Christ's
   b. We have the opportunity to start anew by the washing of
   c. We must allow our minds to be renewed by setting them on things
   -- Are we submitting to "brain surgery" by the Great Physician...?

2. God wants to give us a complete "make over"...
   a. He has provided the means (Jesus' blood)  to remove the deformity
      of sin
   b. He provides the tools (Bible study, prayer, fellowship) to fashion
      a new person
   -- Are we making good use of the mercies of God?

In light of God's wonderful grace, this is our "reasonable" service.
Shall we not prove to the world that God's will is "good, acceptable,
and perfect"...?

Executable Outlines, Copyright © Mark A. Copeland, 2011

From Gary... Bible Reading August 25

Bible Reading   

August 25

The World English Bible

Aug. 24
Job 30-35

Job 30:1 "But now those who are younger than I have me in derision, whose fathers I would have disdained to put with my sheep dogs.
Job 30:2 Of what use is the strength of their hands to me, men in whom ripe age has perished?
Job 30:3 They are gaunt from lack and famine. They gnaw the dry ground, in the gloom of waste and desolation.
Job 30:4 They pluck salt herbs by the bushes. The roots of the broom are their food.
Job 30:5 They are driven out from the midst of men. They cry after them as after a thief;
Job 30:6 So that they dwell in frightful valleys, and in holes of the earth and of the rocks.
Job 30:7 Among the bushes they bray; and under the nettles they are gathered together.
Job 30:8 They are children of fools, yes, children of base men. They were flogged out of the land.
Job 30:9 "Now I have become their song. Yes, I am a byword to them.
Job 30:10 They abhor me, they stand aloof from me, and don't hesitate to spit in my face.
Job 30:11 For he has untied his cord, and afflicted me; and they have thrown off restraint before me.
Job 30:12 On my right hand rise the rabble. They thrust aside my feet, They cast up against me their ways of destruction.
Job 30:13 They mar my path, They set forward my calamity, without anyone's help.
Job 30:14 As through a wide breach they come, in the midst of the ruin they roll themselves in.
Job 30:15 Terrors have turned on me. They chase my honor as the wind. My welfare has passed away as a cloud.
Job 30:16 "Now my soul is poured out within me. Days of affliction have taken hold on me.
Job 30:17 In the night season my bones are pierced in me, and the pains that gnaw me take no rest.
Job 30:18 By great force is my garment disfigured. It binds me about as the collar of my coat.
Job 30:19 He has cast me into the mire. I have become like dust and ashes.
Job 30:20 I cry to you, and you do not answer me. I stand up, and you gaze at me.
Job 30:21 You have turned to be cruel to me. With the might of your hand you persecute me.
Job 30:22 You lift me up to the wind, and drive me with it. You dissolve me in the storm.
Job 30:23 For I know that you will bring me to death, To the house appointed for all living.
Job 30:24 "However doesn't one stretch out a hand in his fall? Or in his calamity therefore cry for help?
Job 30:25 Didn't I weep for him who was in trouble? Wasn't my soul grieved for the needy?
Job 30:26 When I looked for good, then evil came; When I waited for light, there came darkness.
Job 30:27 My heart is troubled, and doesn't rest. Days of affliction have come on me.
Job 30:28 I go mourning without the sun. I stand up in the assembly, and cry for help.
Job 30:29 I am a brother to jackals, and a companion to ostriches.
Job 30:30 My skin grows black and peels from me. My bones are burned with heat.
Job 30:31 Therefore my harp has turned to mourning, and my pipe into the voice of those who weep.
Job 31:1 "I made a covenant with my eyes, how then should I look lustfully at a young woman?
Job 31:2 For what is the portion from God above, and the heritage from the Almighty on high?
Job 31:3 Is it not calamity to the unrighteous, and disaster to the workers of iniquity?
Job 31:4 Doesn't he see my ways, and number all my steps?
Job 31:5 "If I have walked with falsehood, and my foot has hurried to deceit
Job 31:6 (let me be weighed in an even balance, that God may know my integrity);
Job 31:7 if my step has turned out of the way, if my heart walked after my eyes, if any defilement has stuck to my hands,
Job 31:8 then let me sow, and let another eat. Yes, let the produce of my field be rooted out.
Job 31:9 "If my heart has been enticed to a woman, and I have laid wait at my neighbor's door,
Job 31:10 then let my wife grind for another, and let others sleep with her.
Job 31:11 For that would be a heinous crime. Yes, it would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges:
Job 31:12 For it is a fire that consumes to destruction, and would root out all my increase.
Job 31:13 "If I have despised the cause of my male servant or of my female servant, when they contended with me;
Job 31:14 What then shall I do when God rises up? When he visits, what shall I answer him?
Job 31:15 Didn't he who made me in the womb make him? Didn't one fashion us in the womb?
Job 31:16 "If I have withheld the poor from their desire, or have caused the eyes of the widow to fail,
Job 31:17 or have eaten my morsel alone, and the fatherless has not eaten of it
Job 31:18 (no, from my youth he grew up with me as with a father, her have I guided from my mother's womb);
Job 31:19 if I have seen any perish for want of clothing, or that the needy had no covering;
Job 31:20 if his heart hasn't blessed me, if he hasn't been warmed with my sheep's fleece;
Job 31:21 if I have lifted up my hand against the fatherless, because I saw my help in the gate,
Job 31:22 then let my shoulder fall from the shoulder blade, and my arm be broken from the bone.
Job 31:23 For calamity from God is a terror to me. Because his majesty, I can do nothing.
Job 31:24 "If I have made gold my hope, and have said to the fine gold, 'You are my confidence;'
Job 31:25 If I have rejoiced because my wealth was great, and because my hand had gotten much;
Job 31:26 if I have seen the sun when it shined, or the moon moving in splendor,
Job 31:27 and my heart has been secretly enticed, and my hand threw a kiss from my mouth,
Job 31:28 this also would be an iniquity to be punished by the judges; for I should have denied the God who is above.
Job 31:29 "If I have rejoiced at the destruction of him who hated me, or lifted up myself when evil found him;
Job 31:30 (yes, I have not allowed my mouth to sin by asking his life with a curse);
Job 31:31 if the men of my tent have not said, 'Who can find one who has not been filled with his meat?'
Job 31:32 (the foreigner has not lodged in the street, but I have opened my doors to the traveler);
Job 31:33 if like Adam I have covered my transgressions, by hiding my iniquity in my heart,
Job 31:34 because I feared the great multitude, and the contempt of families terrified me, so that I kept silence, and didn't go out of the door--
Job 31:35 oh that I had one to hear me! (behold, here is my signature, let the Almighty answer me); let the accuser write my indictment!
Job 31:36 Surely I would carry it on my shoulder; and I would bind it to me as a crown.
Job 31:37 I would declare to him the number of my steps. as a prince would I go near to him.
Job 31:38 If my land cries out against me, and its furrows weep together;
Job 31:39 if I have eaten its fruits without money, or have caused its owners to lose their life,
Job 31:40 let briars grow instead of wheat, and stinkweed instead of barley." The words of Job are ended.
Job 32:1 So these three men ceased to answer Job, because he was righteous in his own eyes.
Job 32:2 Then the wrath of Elihu the son of Barachel, the Buzite, of the family of Ram, was kindled against Job. His wrath was kindled because he justified himself rather than God.
Job 32:3 Also his wrath was kindled against his three friends, because they had found no answer, and yet had condemned Job.
Job 32:4 Now Elihu had waited to speak to Job, because they were elder than he.
Job 32:5 When Elihu saw that there was no answer in the mouth of these three men, his wrath was kindled.
Job 32:6 Elihu the son of Barachel the Buzite answered, "I am young, and you are very old; Therefore I held back, and didn't dare show you my opinion.
Job 32:7 I said, 'Days should speak, and multitude of years should teach wisdom.'
Job 32:8 But there is a spirit in man, and the breath of the Almighty gives them understanding.
Job 32:9 It is not the great who are wise, nor the aged who understand justice.
Job 32:10 Therefore I said, 'Listen to me; I also will show my opinion.'
Job 32:11 "Behold, I waited for your words, and I listened for your reasoning, while you searched out what to say.
Job 32:12 Yes, I gave you my full attention, but there was no one who convinced Job, or who answered his words, among you.
Job 32:13 Beware lest you say, 'We have found wisdom, God may refute him, not man;'
Job 32:14 for he has not directed his words against me; neither will I answer him with your speeches.
Job 32:15 "They are amazed. They answer no more. They don't have a word to say.
Job 32:16 Shall I wait, because they don't speak, because they stand still, and answer no more?
Job 32:17 I also will answer my part, and I also will show my opinion.
Job 32:18 For I am full of words. The spirit within me constrains me.
Job 32:19 Behold, my breast is as wine which has no vent; like new wineskins it is ready to burst.
Job 32:20 I will speak, that I may be refreshed. I will open my lips and answer.
Job 32:21 Please don't let me respect any man's person, neither will I give flattering titles to any man.
Job 32:22 For I don't know how to give flattering titles; or else my Maker would soon take me away.

Job 33:1 "However, Job, Please hear my speech, and listen to all my words.
Job 33:2 See now, I have opened my mouth. My tongue has spoken in my mouth.
Job 33:3 My words shall utter the uprightness of my heart. That which my lips know they shall speak sincerely.
Job 33:4 The Spirit of God has made me, and the breath of the Almighty gives me life.
Job 33:5 If you can, answer me. Set your words in order before me, and stand forth.
Job 33:6 Behold, I am toward God even as you are. I am also formed out of the clay.
Job 33:7 Behold, my terror shall not make you afraid, neither shall my pressure be heavy on you.
Job 33:8 "Surely you have spoken in my hearing, I have heard the voice of your words, saying,
Job 33:9 'I am clean, without disobedience. I am innocent, neither is there iniquity in me.
Job 33:10 Behold, he finds occasions against me. He counts me for his enemy.
Job 33:11 He puts my feet in the stocks. He marks all my paths.'
Job 33:12 "Behold, I will answer you. In this you are not just, for God is greater than man.
Job 33:13 Why do you strive against him, because he doesn't give account of any of his matters?
Job 33:14 For God speaks once, yes twice, though man pays no attention.
Job 33:15 In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falls on men, in slumbering on the bed;
Job 33:16 Then he opens the ears of men, and seals their instruction,
Job 33:17 That he may withdraw man from his purpose, and hide pride from man.
Job 33:18 He keeps back his soul from the pit, and his life from perishing by the sword.
Job 33:19 He is chastened also with pain on his bed, with continual strife in his bones;
Job 33:20 So that his life abhors bread, and his soul dainty food.
Job 33:21 His flesh is so consumed away, that it can't be seen. His bones that were not seen stick out.
Job 33:22 Yes, his soul draws near to the pit, and his life to the destroyers.
Job 33:23 "If there is beside him an angel, an interpreter, one among a thousand, to show to man what is right for him;
Job 33:24 then God is gracious to him, and says, 'Deliver him from going down to the pit, I have found a ransom.'
Job 33:25 His flesh shall be fresher than a child's. He returns to the days of his youth.
Job 33:26 He prays to God, and he is favorable to him, so that he sees his face with joy. He restores to man his righteousness.
Job 33:27 He sings before men, and says, 'I have sinned, and perverted that which was right, and it didn't profit me.
Job 33:28 He has redeemed my soul from going into the pit. My life shall see the light.'
Job 33:29 "Behold, God works all these things, twice, yes three times, with a man,
Job 33:30 to bring back his soul from the pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of the living.
Job 33:31 Mark well, Job, and listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will speak.
Job 33:32 If you have anything to say, answer me. Speak, for I desire to justify you.
Job 33:33 If not, listen to me. Hold your peace, and I will teach you wisdom."
Job 34:1 Moreover Elihu answered,
Job 34:2 "Hear my words, you wise men. Give ear to me, you who have knowledge.
Job 34:3 For the ear tries words, as the palate tastes food.
Job 34:4 Let us choose for us that which is right. Let us know among ourselves what is good.
Job 34:5 For Job has said, 'I am righteous, God has taken away my right:
Job 34:6 Notwithstanding my right I am considered a liar. My wound is incurable, though I am without disobedience.'
Job 34:7 What man is like Job, who drinks scorn like water,
Job 34:8 Who goes in company with the workers of iniquity, and walks with wicked men?
Job 34:9 For he has said, 'It profits a man nothing that he should delight himself with God.'
Job 34:10 "Therefore listen to me, you men of understanding: far be it from God, that he should do wickedness, from the Almighty, that he should commit iniquity.
Job 34:11 For the work of a man he will render to him, and cause every man to find according to his ways.
Job 34:12 Yes surely, God will not do wickedly, neither will the Almighty pervert justice.
Job 34:13 Who put him in charge of the earth? or who has appointed him over the whole world?
Job 34:14 If he set his heart on himself, If he gathered to himself his spirit and his breath,
Job 34:15 all flesh would perish together, and man would turn again to dust.
Job 34:16 "If now you have understanding, hear this. Listen to the voice of my words.
Job 34:17 Shall even one who hates justice govern? Will you condemn him who is righteous and mighty?--
Job 34:18 Who says to a king, 'Vile!' or to nobles, 'Wicked!'?
Job 34:19 Who doesn't respect the persons of princes, nor regards the rich more than the poor; for they all are the work of his hands.
Job 34:20 In a moment they die, even at midnight. The people are shaken and pass away. The mighty are taken away without a hand.
Job 34:21 "For his eyes are on the ways of a man. He sees all his goings.
Job 34:22 There is no darkness, nor thick gloom, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves.
Job 34:23 For he doesn't need to consider a man further, that he should go before God in judgment.
Job 34:24 He breaks in pieces mighty men in ways past finding out, and sets others in their place.
Job 34:25 Therefore he takes knowledge of their works. He overturns them in the night, so that they are destroyed.
Job 34:26 He strikes them as wicked men in the open sight of others;
Job 34:27 because they turned aside from following him, and wouldn't pay attention to any of his ways,
Job 34:28 so that they caused the cry of the poor to come to him. He heard the cry of the afflicted.
Job 34:29 When he gives quietness, who then can condemn? When he hides his face, who then can see him? Alike whether to a nation, or to a man,
Job 34:30 that the godless man may not reign, that there be no one to ensnare the people.
Job 34:31 "For has any said to God, 'I am guilty, but I will not offend any more.
Job 34:32 Teach me that which I don't see. If I have done iniquity, I will do it no more'?
Job 34:33 Shall his recompense be as you desire, that you refuse it? For you must choose, and not I. Therefore speak what you know.
Job 34:34 Men of understanding will tell me, yes, every wise man who hears me:
Job 34:35 'Job speaks without knowledge. His words are without wisdom.'
Job 34:36 I wish that Job were tried to the end, because of his answering like wicked men.
Job 34:37 For he adds rebellion to his sin. He claps his hands among us, and multiplies his words against God."
Job 35:1 Moreover Elihu answered,
Job 35:2 "Do you think this to be your right, or do you say, 'My righteousness is more than God's,'
Job 35:3 That you ask, 'What advantage will it be to you? What profit shall I have, more than if I had sinned?'
Job 35:4 I will answer you, and your companions with you.
Job 35:5 Look to the heavens, and see. See the skies, which are higher than you.
Job 35:6 If you have sinned, what effect do you have against him? If your transgressions are multiplied, what do you do to him?
Job 35:7 If you are righteous, what do you give him? Or what does he receive from your hand?
Job 35:8 Your wickedness may hurt a man as you are, and your righteousness may profit a son of man.
Job 35:9 "By reason of the multitude of oppressions they cry out. They cry for help by reason of the arm of the mighty.
Job 35:10 But none says, 'Where is God my Maker, who gives songs in the night,
Job 35:11 who teaches us more than the animals of the earth, and makes us wiser than the birds of the sky?'
Job 35:12 There they cry, but none gives answer, because of the pride of evil men.
Job 35:13 Surely God will not hear an empty cry, neither will the Almighty regard it.
Job 35:14 How much less when you say you don't see him. The cause is before him, and you wait for him!
Job 35:15 But now, because he has not visited in his anger, neither does he greatly regard arrogance.
Job 35:16 Therefore Job opens his mouth with empty talk, and he multiplies words without knowledge."

Aug. 25
Job 36-42
Job 36:1 Elihu also continued, and said,
Job 36:2 "Bear with me a little, and I will show you; for I still have something to say on God's behalf.
Job 36:3 I will get my knowledge from afar, and will ascribe righteousness to my Maker.
Job 36:4 For truly my words are not false. One who is perfect in knowledge is with you.
Job 36:5 "Behold, God is mighty, and doesn't despise anyone. He is mighty in strength of understanding.
Job 36:6 He doesn't preserve the life of the wicked, but gives to the afflicted their right.
Job 36:7 He doesn't withdraw his eyes from the righteous, but with kings on the throne, he sets them forever, and they are exalted.
Job 36:8 If they are bound in fetters, and are taken in the cords of afflictions,
Job 36:9 then he shows them their work, and their transgressions, that they have behaved themselves proudly.
Job 36:10 He also opens their ears to instruction, and commands that they return from iniquity.
Job 36:11 If they listen and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.
Job 36:12 But if they don't listen, they shall perish by the sword; they shall die without knowledge.
Job 36:13 "But those who are godless in heart lay up anger. They don't cry for help when he binds them.
Job 36:14 They die in youth. Their life perishes among the unclean.
Job 36:15 He delivers the afflicted by their affliction, and opens their ear in oppression.
Job 36:16 Yes, he would have allured you out of distress, into a broad place, where there is no restriction. That which is set on your table would be full of fatness.
Job 36:17 "But you are full of the judgment of the wicked. Judgment and justice take hold of you.
Job 36:18 Don't let riches entice you to wrath, neither let the great size of a bribe turn you aside.
Job 36:19 Would your wealth sustain you in distress, or all the might of your strength?
Job 36:20 Don't desire the night, when people are cut off in their place.
Job 36:21 Take heed, don't regard iniquity; for you have chosen this rather than affliction.
Job 36:22 Behold, God is exalted in his power. Who is a teacher like him?
Job 36:23 Who has prescribed his way for him? Or who can say, 'You have committed unrighteousness?'
Job 36:24 "Remember that you magnify his work, whereof men have sung.
Job 36:25 All men have looked thereon. Man sees it afar off.
Job 36:26 Behold, God is great, and we don't know him. The number of his years is unsearchable.
Job 36:27 For he draws up the drops of water, which distill in rain from his vapor,
Job 36:28 Which the skies pour down and which drop on man abundantly.
Job 36:29 Yes, can any understand the spreading of the clouds, and the thunderings of his pavilion?
Job 36:30 Behold, he spreads his light around him. He covers the bottom of the sea.
Job 36:31 For by these he judges the people. He gives food in abundance.
Job 36:32 He covers his hands with the lightning, and commands it to strike the mark.
Job 36:33 Its noise tells about him, and the livestock also concerning the storm that comes up.
Job 37:1 "Yes, at this my heart trembles, and is moved out of its place.
Job 37:2 Hear, oh, hear the noise of his voice, the sound that goes out of his mouth.
Job 37:3 He sends it forth under the whole sky, and his lightning to the ends of the earth.
Job 37:4 After it a voice roars. He thunders with the voice of his majesty. He doesn't hold back anything when his voice is heard.
Job 37:5 God thunders marvelously with his voice. He does great things, which we can't comprehend.
Job 37:6 For he says to the snow, 'Fall on the earth;' likewise to the shower of rain, and to the showers of his mighty rain.
Job 37:7 He seals up the hand of every man, that all men whom he has made may know it.
Job 37:8 Then the animals take cover, and remain in their dens.
Job 37:9 Out of its chamber comes the storm, and cold out of the north.
Job 37:10 By the breath of God, ice is given, and the breadth of the waters is frozen.
Job 37:11 Yes, he loads the thick cloud with moisture. He spreads abroad the cloud of his lightning.
Job 37:12 It is turned around by his guidance, that they may do whatever he commands them on the surface of the habitable world,
Job 37:13 Whether it is for correction, or for his land, or for loving kindness, that he causes it to come.
Job 37:14 "Listen to this, Job. Stand still, and consider the wondrous works of God.
Job 37:15 Do you know how God controls them, and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
Job 37:16 Do you know the workings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge?
Job 37:17 You whose clothing is warm, when the earth is still by reason of the south wind?
Job 37:18 Can you, with him, spread out the sky, which is strong as a cast metal mirror?
Job 37:19 Teach us what we shall tell him, for we can't make our case by reason of darkness.
Job 37:20 Shall it be told him that I would speak? Or should a man wish that he were swallowed up?
Job 37:21 Now men don't see the light which is bright in the skies, but the wind passes, and clears them.
Job 37:22 Out of the north comes golden splendor. With God is awesome majesty.
Job 37:23 We can't reach the Almighty. He is exalted in power. In justice and great righteousness, he will not oppress.
Job 37:24 Therefore men revere him. He doesn't regard any who are wise of heart."
Job 38:1 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
Job 38:2 "Who is this who darkens counsel by words without knowledge?
Job 38:3 Brace yourself like a man, for I will question you, then you answer me!
Job 38:4 "Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Declare, if you have understanding.
Job 38:5 Who determined its measures, if you know? Or who stretched the line on it?
Job 38:6 Whereupon were its foundations fastened? Or who laid its cornerstone,
Job 38:7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
Job 38:8 "Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it broke forth from the womb,
Job 38:9 when I made clouds its garment, and wrapped it in thick darkness,
Job 38:10 marked out for it my bound, set bars and doors,
Job 38:11 and said, 'Here you may come, but no further. Here your proud waves shall be stayed?'
Job 38:12 "Have you commanded the morning in your days, and caused the dawn to know its place;
Job 38:13 that it might take hold of the ends of the earth, and shake the wicked out of it?
Job 38:14 It is changed as clay under the seal, and stands forth as a garment.
Job 38:15 From the wicked, their light is withheld. The high arm is broken.
Job 38:16 "Have you entered into the springs of the sea? Or have you walked in the recesses of the deep?
Job 38:17 Have the gates of death been revealed to you? Or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death?
Job 38:18 Have you comprehended the earth in its breadth? Declare, if you know it all.
Job 38:19 "What is the way to the dwelling of light? As for darkness, where is its place,
Job 38:20 that you should take it to its bound, that you should discern the paths to its house?
Job 38:21 Surely you know, for you were born then, and the number of your days is great!
Job 38:22 Have you entered the treasuries of the snow, or have you seen the treasures of the hail,
Job 38:23 which I have reserved against the time of trouble, against the day of battle and war?
Job 38:24 By what way is the lightning distributed, or the east wind scattered on the earth?
Job 38:25 Who has cut a channel for the flood water, or the path for the thunderstorm;
Job 38:26 To cause it to rain on a land where no man is; on the wilderness, in which there is no man;
Job 38:27 to satisfy the waste and desolate ground, to cause the tender grass to spring forth?
Job 38:28 Does the rain have a father? Or who fathers the drops of dew?
Job 38:29 Out of whose womb came the ice? The gray frost of the sky, who has given birth to it?
Job 38:30 The waters become hard like stone, when the surface of the deep is frozen.
Job 38:31 "Can you bind the cluster of the Pleiades, or loosen the cords of Orion?
Job 38:32 Can you lead forth the constellations in their season? Or can you guide the Bear with her cubs?
Job 38:33 Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you establish its dominion over the earth?
Job 38:34 "Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, That abundance of waters may cover you?
Job 38:35 Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go? Do they report to you, 'Here we are?'
Job 38:36 Who has put wisdom in the inward parts? Or who has given understanding to the mind?
Job 38:37 Who can number the clouds by wisdom? Or who can pour out the bottles of the sky,
Job 38:38 when the dust runs into a mass, and the clods of earth stick together?
Job 38:39 "Can you hunt the prey for the lioness, or satisfy the appetite of the young lions,
Job 38:40 when they crouch in their dens, and lie in wait in the thicket?
Job 38:41 Who provides for the raven his prey, when his young ones cry to God, and wander for lack of food?
Job 39:1 "Do you know the time when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears fawns?
Job 39:2 Can you number the months that they fulfill? Or do you know the time when they give birth?
Job 39:3 They bow themselves, they bring forth their young, they end their labor pains.
Job 39:4 Their young ones become strong. They grow up in the open field. They go forth, and don't return again.
Job 39:5 "Who has set the wild donkey free? Or who has loosened the bonds of the swift donkey,
Job 39:6 Whose home I have made the wilderness, and the salt land his dwelling place?
Job 39:7 He scorns the tumult of the city, neither does he hear the shouting of the driver.
Job 39:8 The range of the mountains is his pasture, He searches after every green thing.
Job 39:9 "Will the wild ox be content to serve you? Or will he stay by your feeding trough?
Job 39:10 Can you hold the wild ox in the furrow with his harness? Or will he till the valleys after you?
Job 39:11 Will you trust him, because his strength is great? Or will you leave to him your labor?
Job 39:12 Will you confide in him, that he will bring home your seed, and gather the grain of your threshing floor?
Job 39:13 "The wings of the ostrich wave proudly; but are they the feathers and plumage of love?
Job 39:14 For she leaves her eggs on the earth, warms them in the dust,
Job 39:15 and forgets that the foot may crush them, or that the wild animal may trample them.
Job 39:16 She deals harshly with her young ones, as if they were not hers. Though her labor is in vain, she is without fear,
Job 39:17 because God has deprived her of wisdom, neither has he imparted to her understanding.
Job 39:18 When she lifts up herself on high, she scorns the horse and his rider.
Job 39:19 "Have you given the horse might? Have you clothed his neck with a quivering mane?
Job 39:20 Have you made him to leap as a locust? The glory of his snorting is awesome.
Job 39:21 He paws in the valley, and rejoices in his strength. He goes out to meet the armed men.
Job 39:22 He mocks at fear, and is not dismayed, neither does he turn back from the sword.
Job 39:23 The quiver rattles against him, the flashing spear and the javelin.
Job 39:24 He eats up the ground with fierceness and rage, neither does he stand still at the sound of the trumpet.
Job 39:25 As often as the trumpet sounds he snorts, 'Aha!' He smells the battle afar off, the thunder of the captains, and the shouting.
Job 39:26 "Is it by your wisdom that the hawk soars, and stretches her wings toward the south?
Job 39:27 Is it at your command that the eagle mounts up, and makes his nest on high?
Job 39:28 On the cliff he dwells, and makes his home, on the point of the cliff, and the stronghold.
Job 39:29 From there he spies out the prey. His eyes see it afar off.
Job 39:30 His young ones also suck up blood. Where the slain are, there he is."
Job 40:1 Moreover Yahweh answered Job,
Job 40:2 "Shall he who argues contend with the Almighty? He who argues with God, let him answer it."
Job 40:3 Then Job answered Yahweh,
Job 40:4 "Behold, I am of small account. What shall I answer you? I lay my hand on my mouth.
Job 40:5 I have spoken once, and I will not answer; Yes, twice, but I will proceed no further."
Job 40:6 Then Yahweh answered Job out of the whirlwind,
Job 40:7 "Now brace yourself like a man. I will question you, and you will answer me.
Job 40:8 Will you even annul my judgment? Will you condemn me, that you may be justified?
Job 40:9 Or do you have an arm like God? Can you thunder with a voice like him?
Job 40:10 "Now deck yourself with excellency and dignity. Array yourself with honor and majesty.
Job 40:11 Pour out the fury of your anger. Look at everyone who is proud, and bring him low.
Job 40:12 Look at everyone who is proud, and humble him. Crush the wicked in their place.
Job 40:13 Hide them in the dust together. Bind their faces in the hidden place.
Job 40:14 Then I will also admit to you that your own right hand can save you.
Job 40:15 "See now, behemoth, which I made as well as you. He eats grass as an ox.
Job 40:16 Look now, his strength is in his thighs. His force is in the muscles of his belly.
Job 40:17 He moves his tail like a cedar. The sinews of his thighs are knit together.
Job 40:18 His bones are like tubes of brass. His limbs are like bars of iron.
Job 40:19 He is the chief of the ways of God. He who made him gives him his sword.
Job 40:20 Surely the mountains produce food for him, where all the animals of the field play.
Job 40:21 He lies under the lotus trees, in the covert of the reed, and the marsh.
Job 40:22 The lotuses cover him with their shade. The willows of the brook surround him.
Job 40:23 Behold, if a river overflows, he doesn't tremble. He is confident, though the Jordan swells even to his mouth.
Job 40:24 Shall any take him when he is on the watch, or pierce through his nose with a snare?
Job 41:1 "Can you draw out Leviathan with a fishhook, or press down his tongue with a cord?
Job 41:2 Can you put a rope into his nose, or pierce his jaw through with a hook?
Job 41:3 Will he make many petitions to you, or will he speak soft words to you?
Job 41:4 Will he make a covenant with you, that you should take him for a servant forever?
Job 41:5 Will you play with him as with a bird? Or will you bind him for your girls?
Job 41:6 Will traders barter for him? Will they part him among the merchants?
Job 41:7 Can you fill his skin with barbed irons, or his head with fish spears?
Job 41:8 Lay your hand on him. Remember the battle, and do so no more.
Job 41:9 Behold, the hope of him is in vain. Won't one be cast down even at the sight of him?
Job 41:10 None is so fierce that he dare stir him up. Who then is he who can stand before me?
Job 41:11 Who has first given to me, that I should repay him? Everything under the heavens is mine.
Job 41:12 "I will not keep silence concerning his limbs, nor his mighty strength, nor his goodly frame.
Job 41:13 Who can strip off his outer garment? Who shall come within his jaws?
Job 41:14 Who can open the doors of his face? Around his teeth is terror.
Job 41:15 Strong scales are his pride, shut up together with a close seal.
Job 41:16 One is so near to another, that no air can come between them.
Job 41:17 They are joined one to another. They stick together, so that they can't be pulled apart.
Job 41:18 His sneezing flashes out light. His eyes are like the eyelids of the morning.
Job 41:19 Out of his mouth go burning torches. Sparks of fire leap forth.
Job 41:20 Out of his nostrils a smoke goes, as of a boiling pot over a fire of reeds.
Job 41:21 His breath kindles coals. A flame goes forth from his mouth.
Job 41:22 There is strength in his neck. Terror dances before him.
Job 41:23 The flakes of his flesh are joined together. They are firm on him. They can't be moved.
Job 41:24 His heart is as firm as a stone, yes, firm as the lower millstone.
Job 41:25 When he raises himself up, the mighty are afraid. They retreat before his thrashing.
Job 41:26 If one attacks him with the sword, it can't prevail; nor the spear, the dart, nor the pointed shaft.
Job 41:27 He counts iron as straw; and brass as rotten wood.
Job 41:28 The arrow can't make him flee. Sling stones are like chaff to him.
Job 41:29 Clubs are counted as stubble. He laughs at the rushing of the javelin.
Job 41:30 His undersides are like sharp potsherds, leaving a trail in the mud like a threshing sledge.
Job 41:31 He makes the deep to boil like a pot. He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
Job 41:32 He makes a path shine after him. One would think the deep had white hair.
Job 41:33 On earth there is not his equal, that is made without fear.
Job 41:34 He sees everything that is high. He is king over all the sons of pride."
Job 42:1 Then Job answered Yahweh,
Job 42:2 "I know that you can do all things, and that no purpose of yours can be restrained.
Job 42:3 You asked, 'Who is this who hides counsel without knowledge?' therefore I have uttered that which I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I didn't know.
Job 42:4 You said, 'Listen, now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you will answer me.'
Job 42:5 I had heard of you by the hearing of the ear, but now my eye sees you.
Job 42:6 Therefore I abhor myself, and repent in dust and ashes."
Job 42:7 It was so, that after Yahweh had spoken these words to Job, Yahweh said to Eliphaz the Temanite, "My wrath is kindled against you, and against your two friends; for you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has.
Job 42:8 Now therefore, take to yourselves seven bulls and seven rams, and go to my servant Job, and offer up for yourselves a burnt offering; and my servant Job shall pray for you, for I will accept him, that I not deal with you according to your folly. For you have not spoken of me the thing that is right, as my servant Job has."
Job 42:9 So Eliphaz the Temanite and Bildad the Shuhite and Zophar the Naamathite went, and did what Yahweh commanded them, and Yahweh accepted Job.
Job 42:10 Yahweh turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends. Yahweh gave Job twice as much as he had before.
Job 42:11 Then came there to him all his brothers, and all his sisters, and all those who had been of his acquaintance before, and ate bread with him in his house. They comforted him, and consoled him concerning all the evil that Yahweh had brought on him. Everyone also gave him a piece of money, and everyone a ring of gold.
Job 42:12 So Yahweh blessed the latter end of Job more than his beginning. He had fourteen thousand sheep, six thousand camels, one thousand yoke of oxen, and a thousand female donkeys.
Job 42:13 He had also seven sons and three daughters.
Job 42:14 He called the name of the first, Jemimah; and the name of the second, Keziah; and the name of the third, Keren Happuch.
Job 42:15 In all the land were no women found so beautiful as the daughters of Job. Their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.
Job 42:16 After this Job lived one hundred forty years, and saw his sons, and his sons' sons, to four generations.
Job 42:17 So Job died, being old and full of days.

Aug. 24
Romans 5

Rom 5:1 Being therefore justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ;
Rom 5:2 through whom we also have our access by faith into this grace in which we stand. We rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
Rom 5:3 Not only this, but we also rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering works perseverance;
Rom 5:4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope:
Rom 5:5 and hope doesn't disappoint us, because God's love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.
Rom 5:6 For while we were yet weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly.
Rom 5:7 For one will hardly die for a righteous man. Yet perhaps for a righteous person someone would even dare to die.
Rom 5:8 But God commends his own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we will be saved from God's wrath through him.
Rom 5:10 For if, while we were enemies, we were reconciled to God through the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we will be saved by his life.
Rom 5:11 Not only so, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation.
Rom 5:12 Therefore, as sin entered into the world through one man, and death through sin; and so death passed to all men, because all sinned.
Rom 5:13 For until the law, sin was in the world; but sin is not charged when there is no law.
Rom 5:14 Nevertheless death reigned from Adam until Moses, even over those whose sins weren't like Adam's disobedience, who is a foreshadowing of him who was to come.
Rom 5:15 But the free gift isn't like the trespass. For if by the trespass of the one the many died, much more did the grace of God, and the gift by the grace of the one man, Jesus Christ, abound to the many.
Rom 5:16 The gift is not as through one who sinned: for the judgment came by one to condemnation, but the free gift came of many trespasses to justification.
Rom 5:17 For if by the trespass of the one, death reigned through the one; so much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness reign in life through the one, Jesus Christ.
Rom 5:18 So then as through one trespass, all men were condemned; even so through one act of righteousness, all men were justified to life.
Rom 5:19 For as through the one man's disobedience many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the one, many will be made righteous.
Rom 5:20 The law came in besides, that the trespass might abound; but where sin abounded, grace abounded more exceedingly;
Rom 5:21 that as sin reigned in death, even so grace might reign through righteousness to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Aug. 25
Romans 6

Rom 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
Rom 6:2 May it never be! We who died to sin, how could we live in it any longer?
Rom 6:3 Or don't you know that all we who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death?
Rom 6:4 We were buried therefore with him through baptism to death, that just like Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we also might walk in newness of life.
Rom 6:5 For if we have become united with him in the likeness of his death, we will also be part of his resurrection;
Rom 6:6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with him, that the body of sin might be done away with, so that we would no longer be in bondage to sin.
Rom 6:7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.
Rom 6:8 But if we died with Christ, we believe that we will also live with him;
Rom 6:9 knowing that Christ, being raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no more has dominion over him!
Rom 6:10 For the death that he died, he died to sin one time; but the life that he lives, he lives to God.
Rom 6:11 Thus consider yourselves also to be dead to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Rom 6:12 Therefore don't let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.
Rom 6:13 Neither present your members to sin as instruments of unrighteousness, but present yourselves to God, as alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
Rom 6:14 For sin will not have dominion over you. For you are not under law, but under grace.
Rom 6:15 What then? Shall we sin, because we are not under law, but under grace? May it never be!
Rom 6:16 Don't you know that to whom you present yourselves as servants to obedience, his servants you are whom you obey; whether of sin to death, or of obedience to righteousness?
Rom 6:17 But thanks be to God, that, whereas you were bondservants of sin, you became obedient from the heart to that form of teaching whereunto you were delivered.
Rom 6:18 Being made free from sin, you became bondservants of righteousness.
Rom 6:19 I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh, for as you presented your members as servants to uncleanness and to wickedness upon wickedness, even so now present your members as servants to righteousness for sanctification.
Rom 6:20 For when you were servants of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness.
Rom 6:21 What fruit then did you have at that time in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.
Rom 6:22 But now, being made free from sin, and having become servants of God, you have your fruit of sanctification, and the result of eternal life.
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.